OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Karaoke
カラオケ
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Utaki
御嶽
Public market
公設市場
Mangroves
マングローブ
Japan
Final Fantasy VI
USA
Gunbuster
Italy
One Piece
Japan
VOCALOID
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Secrets of autumn colors
紅葉
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Maiko documentary
舞妓
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Wrapping
ラッピング
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
URUSHI
漆芸
WASABI
山葵
TEMPURA
天婦羅
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
TAKU OBATA
YAYOI KUSAMA
TABAIMO
KOHEI NAWA
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
KENDO
剣道
JUDO
柔道
SHODO
書道
KARATEDO
空手
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
PLAY STATION
PlayStation